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Old 06-25-2015, 06:51 AM   #1
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Nesbit, Edith: The Story of the Treasure Seekers (Illus.). v2. 19 Oct 2016

The Story of the Treasure Seekers by Edith Nesbit (1858–1924)
With fifteen illustrations by Gordon Browne (1858–1932)

First published in 1899.
The text and illustrations of this book are in the public domain in countries where copyright is “Life+70” or less, and in the USA.

Edith Nesbit Bland, English author and poet, published approximately 40 books for children under the name of E. Nesbit. She created an innovative body of work that combined realistic, contemporary children in real-world settings with magical objects and adventures and sometimes travel to fantastic worlds. In doing so, she was a direct or indirect influence on many subsequent writers, including P. L. Travers (author of “Mary Poppins”), Edward Eager (author of the “Magic” series), Diana Wynne Jones (“Chrestomanci”), J. K. Rowling (“Harry Potter”), and C. S. Lewis (“Narnia”). (—Excerpted from Wikipedia.)

“The Treasure Seekers” is Nesbit’s first book, and the first in a series of three books about the six Bastable children. When their father's business fails, the children decide to restore the fortunes of “the ancient House of Bastable.” But although they think of many ingenious ways to do so, their well-meant efforts are either more fun than profitable, or lead to trouble. As with all the books in this series, many of the chapters first appeared as magazine short stories, and thus are episodic and self-contained. This fact, and the subtle touches of humor clearly aimed at the adult reader, make them ideal for bed-time read-aloud by the local grown-up.

You can find the other Bastable books here:
Bastables series book 2 -- The Wouldbegoods
https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...79#post3123179

Bastables series book 3 -- New Treasure Seekers
https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...80#post3123180

short stories --- Oswald Bastable and Others
https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...82#post3123182

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Text and illustrations were obtained from archive.org. Due to copyright restrictions, I excluded two first-edition illustrations by Lewis Baumer (1870–1963). Images were manually cleaned and enhanced. I formatted punctuation, diacritics, and italics. Chapter heads are cross-linked to in-line Table of Contents; image captions cross-linked to List of Illustrations. Embedded redistributable fonts are used for titles, chapter-heads and small caps.

I only learned about Edith Nesbit a short while ago, and find her books for both adults and children to be delightful. I hope you do too.

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Old 06-25-2015, 09:02 AM   #2
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Wow, a whole flurry of Nesbits. I have to admit I have never read anything by her, but she's long been on my list. I even bought the Delphi Classics edition but haven't opened it so far. Seems it's becoming obsolete.

I'll get back to you concerning AE, but I got sidetracked by a wonderfully illustrated German edition of Grimm's Fairy Tales, of which high-quality scans are available; dipping into those made me realize how much better I have to do on the illustrations to the Celtic Fairy Tales, for which the scan quality is less than wonderful, so it meant starting from scratch for those... It is a rabbit hole...
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I have just uploaded version 2.

I have added a glossary for young readers, annotating terms no longer in general use, and/or used mainly in Great Britain.

Also a few error corrections and formatting tweaks; illustrations in higher resolution.

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